On behalf of the American Consulate General in Jerusalem, warm greetings to all who are celebrating Hanukkah.
As families and friends share in the joyous traditions of the Festival of Lights, it is a fitting time to give thanks for the blessings of the past year. Hanukkah teaches us that faith gives us strength to overcome insurmountable odds, and courageous actions, large and small, can change the course of history. During this holiday season, let each of us rededicate ourselves to overcoming injustice and prejudice wherever they are found, and building coexistence and understanding.
May the joy of Hanukkah and the goodwill of the season illuminate our paths to a future of justice, compassion, and peace.
Consul General Michael Ratney